Monday, October 25, 2021
Toxic. Alex McElroy’s debut novel titled, The Atmospherians, takes a satirical swipe at contemporary life. Protagonist Sasha Marcus experienced rising success with her business offering wellness for women until she lost her reputation thanks to the actions of an internet troll. Sasha’s oldest friend, Dyson, proposes that they work together to rehabilitate men at an abandoned summer camp in a venture they call The Atmosphere, in essence a cult. A dozen men pay for the privilege of coming to the camp to detoxify. The world McElroy describes includes hordes of men some of whom are doing things that most readers would consider good deeds and being feared by society as a result. We find normalized eating disorders and finely written prose filled with images that will remain in your mind long after you finish reading this novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Atmospherians from amazon.com.